Many men and women have stubborn areas of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. Common trouble areas include the abdomen, thighs, arms and neck. Dr. Leslie Smith of Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics in Wayzata, MN offers minimally invasive liposuction procedures to eliminate unwanted fat and reveal a more attractive shape.
Liposuction is the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure. Since it was first introduced about 30 years ago, liposuction technology has evolved significantly. Dr. Smith is one of the first cosmetic doctors in Minneapolis to offer Tickle Lipo, an advanced technique not only gets rid of unwanted fat, but is precise enough to treat delicate areas such as the neck, chin and arms.
Dr. Leslie Smith was among the first cosmetic doctors in the Minneapolis / St. Paul area to embrace Tickle Lipo, the latest liposuction technology available.
Tickle Lipo, also known as Nutational Infrasonic Liposculpture (N.I.L.), is a minimally invasive liposuction technique. Tickle Lipo uses low frequency acoustic vibration to remove body fat without damaging surrounding tissues. This allows for better results and less recovery time for the patient.
Tickle Lipo vs. Traditional Lipo
When it was first introduced in the 1980s, traditional liposuction was a revolutionary procedure. Men and women were excited to have a way to remove large volumes of fat and reshape their bodies. Over the last 30 years, liposuction has evolved and the early technique is nearly obsolete. Advanced techniques have replaced the traditional methods, yielding better results with less recovery and downtime.
How Traditional Liposuction Works
Traditional liposuction is a major surgical procedure, performed in a hospital or operatory setting under IV sedation. A cannula, or tube, is inserted into the treatment area to break up and suction out the fat. The surgeon uses manual force to dislodge fat in the treatment areas and suction it out using a vacuum like device. While the cannula removes fat it can also tear nerves and blood vessels causing swelling and bruising.
Advanced Lipo Techniques
Dr. Smith was one of the first cosmetic doctors in the area to introduce Tickle Lipo to Minneapolis and St. Paul. Our Tickle Lipo procedures are performed in our Wayzata cosmetic treatment center, under local anesthesia.
Dr. Smith uses a micro-cannula for Tickle Lipo procedures, requiring a much smaller incision compared to traditional liposuction. The Tickle Lipo technology used by Dr. Smith gently vibrates and rotates, making it easier for the fat to break apart and suction out.
One of the things that Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics patients love most about Tickle Lipo is that they see an immediate improvement in the tone and shape of the treated areas and that they can return to work in just a few days.
What are the risks of Tickle Lipo?
Although all surgeries have their risks, they are minimal when done by an experienced doctor such as Dr. Smith. The most common side effects of Tickle Lipo include swelling, bruising and soreness in the treatment area.
What is the recovery like?
Most people are able to get up and move around as soon as the treatment is finished and after the effects of the anesthesia has worn off. You can return to your normal activities as soon as you feel comfortable. Most people can return to work within a few days. Recovery may take longer if large areas were treated.
Am I a candidate for Tickle Lipo?
Dr. Smith recommends Tickle Lipo for men and women who have an area of fat that will not respond to diet or exercise. She evaluates candidates and looks for individuals who have a normal body weight, in good health, and have realistic expectations for the results.
Does Tickle Lipo treat cellulite?
Dr. Smith notes that while Tickle Lipo is specifically designed to treat cellulite, some patients will see an improvement in the appearance cellulite because of technique's skin tightening benefits.
What areas of the body can be treated?
Dr. Smith uses Tickle Lipo to treat virtually any area of the body including the face, neck, arms, abdomen, thighs, buttocks, and calves.